Ja Morant: Dad and Usher, Uncle, Parents, Family

Temetrius Jamel “Ja” Morant is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Murray State Racers, where he was a consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2019.

Ja Morant: Dad and Usher, Uncle, Parents, Family

Dad and Usher:

Tee Morant

It turns out it’s not actually Usher, but Tee Morant, father of Grizzlies star Ja Morant. And Tee rocks a remarkably similar style to the ’90s/2000s music icon.

They’re friends in real life, but Karl Towns and Tee Morant are bringing the heat for the Grizzlies-Timberwolves playoff series between their sons.

Uncle:

uncle Phil Morant

Three years ago, Morant and his uncle Phil Morant — yes, Uncle Phil — sat courtside at a University of Memphis Tigers game.

Morant was on his way to becoming rookie of the year, dazzling NBA fans with the same electric play that made him a consensus All-American at Murray State.

Parents:

Ja Morant: Dad and Usher, Uncle, Parents, Family

Ja Morant/Parents

Morant was born in Dalzell, South Carolina, to Tee and Jamie Morant.

Ja’s father T. Morant helped train him as a child and into his teens. But all the while, he was showing tough love to prepare his son for the next level.

“I really like negative energy,” Morant told reporters ahead of the 2019 NBA draft. “‘He hasn’t played against anyone, he’s too young, he can’t shoot.’

Family:

Morant attended a free agency camp for the NBA, but was turned down because of his height.

She briefly played internationally before her career was cut short when Jamie became pregnant. Tee and Jamie welcomed Jaa on August 10, 1999, in Dalzell, South Carolina. T isn’t the only one in the family who makes sacrifices for Jaa.

Jaa’s grandmother, Linda ‘Mama Lynn’ Smalley, goes out of her way to support Jaa. Ja’s father told Murray State News.

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